brown sugar lemon chicken

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This was so delicious and it made the perfect, easy, Sunday night dinner. It all came together in about 30 minutes, and was delicious with baked Yukon Gold potatoes and a simple, spring greens salad topped with homemade balsamic vinaigrette.

~ preheat oven to 350 degrees F. ~

4 large chicken breasts, split horizontally

1 cup all purpose flour

2 heaping teaspoons smoked paprika

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

*2 Tablespoons olive oil

*2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

3 large lemons, juiced

zest of 1 large lemon

1/2 cup brown sugar

lemon slices and fresh, chopped parsley (garnish)

Carefully split chicken breasts horizontally, using a very sharp knife.

In a shallow bowl, combine: flour, smoked paprika, onion powder, salt and pepper. Dredge chicken breast halves in the flour mixture and place in a single layer on a plate.

Heat the olive oil and butter in a large, heavy skillet until hot, but not smoking. Place chicken breast halves (2 at a time) in the hot oil/butter. Adjust heat so the chicken gets lightly browned within 4 minutes (2 minutes per side.) Place the browned chicken breasts in a 9×13, glass baking dish, in one layer. Repeat with the rest of the chicken until it’s all browned and in the pan. *You may need to add a little more oil/butter to the pan.

Deglaze the skillet with the lemon juice. Scrape up any brown bits from bottom of pan. Pour this mixture evenly over the chicken in the baking pan. Sprinkle the brown sugar and lemon zest evenly over the top of the chicken. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees F.

Plate and top with the brown sugar and lemon sauce from the pan. Garnish with lemon slices and chopped parsley.

Enjoy!

~Melissa

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  5 comments for “brown sugar lemon chicken

  1. January 11, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Dear Melissa, This recipe love looks irresistible! I simplt must make it this week!

    • Melissa
      January 11, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      Hello, Kindred! 🙂
      I’m so happy you like the recipe! Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy! XOXO ~M

  2. Ali
    January 11, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Wow this looks delicious. Love the photo 🙂

    • Melissa
      January 12, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks, Ali! Enjoy 🙂

  3. Rochel
    January 16, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Yummy @ dekicious recipe.

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